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My First Trip Down River

My First Trip Down River
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.07

     challenging words:    Greeeaaat, kayakers, kayaking, keyhole, opening, portage, put-in, resistant, tipping, upright, confidence, kayak, swallowed, material, local, trailer
     content words:    First Annual Orange River Paddle, Race Class II, III Rapids Meet, Orange River Technical College Campus Saturday

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My First Trip Down River
By Beth Beutler

1     I saw this full page ad in our local newspaper:

First Annual Orange River Paddle Fest and Race
Class II and III Rapids
Meet at Orange River Technical College Campus
Saturday, June 15
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Kayaks, Canoes, and Rafts welcome
$20 per entry

2     "Let's do it!" Tom said.
3     "Let's do what?" I answered.
4     "Do the Paddle Fest."
5     "Are you crazy? What do you know about paddling?"
6     "I know plenty. Just ask my parents," Tom said with a grin. "Just kidding. I never got paddled. But I have been kayaking lately."
7     "I didn't know that."
8     "My dad and I just started. It's pretty fun. We have an extra kayak. Why don't you join us?"
9     I agreed reluctantly. I'd been in canoes before. Once when I was about 12, we tipped over, and I fell into the water. Water went up my nose, and I also swallowed some. It was scary for me, so I never got in a small boat again.
10     However, I did not want to admit my fear to Tom. So I agreed to go.
11     On Saturday, I woke up early. Not because I was excited, but because I was nervous. What had I gotten myself into!?

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